Sunday sight: Merry moose

A family gift from a few years back that gained momentum has meant people regularly send me moose. The most recent were a couple friends sending me pictures of a chocolate moose cake and of a threesome of real moose in a back yard. Sadly, here in Toronto we’re unlikely to see real moose because we’re too far ...

Letter to Senators on Bill C-279

This letter is in response to the ongoing debate on Bill C-279, a bill being held up in the Senate. Dear Senator: I am writing you in regards to Bill C-279 An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity). I am a heterosexual, educated woman who has had ...

A pledge to gather

At today’s Remembrance Ceremony in Ottawa, listening to when King George VI dedicated the war memorial in1939, we were reminded that its purpose was to be a place to gather. A place with which a pledge was made to gather in communities at similar memorials across Canada to remember at the 11th hour on November ...

Rushing to the label

A friend recently reminded me that nothing is black and white. I was thinking about that this morning when a lady beside me said it two or three times in a coffee shop conversation about some news story. Black and white thinking is what helps us to label people, organizations and pretty much anything. A ...

Community + love in Google Books Ngram Viewer

Yesterday I was searching for the meaning in the Van Morrison song Into the Mystic – an artist who has captured my attention the way that Leonard Cohen and Francis Cabrel have. Mystic is such a mysterious word. In the search came up a graph of the word “mystic” in a Google Books product called ...

Overwhelmed? Try hyperthinking

The older I get, the more I see how things we’re taught are often not true. Maybe someone wanted them to be true and as a collective we “agreed.” Like how perfection (or at least the perception of perfection) should lead to happiness. This week Amy Poehler is an example of someone I found who ...

Saturday sight: Parliament Hill

Saturdays are for exploring. This picture is from Saturday, October 12, 2013. My sister, dad and I were on our way to St-Camille, QC (about 1 hour from Lac-Mégantic) to visit relatives (a place where my dad hadn’t been in 50 years). This week as we all felt we were robbed of something, just wanted ...

Anything is possible <> tout est possible

It’s written all over our beautiful city of Toronto. The first time I spotted the French words inscribed somewhere was on a trail next Alexander Muir Memorial Park (author of The Maple Leaf Forever). When I saw it last year, it caught my eye more than any other graffiti because it was out of place, ...

Financial services + social media

Hootsuite hosted an online session last week called Investing in Social: Wealth Management in the Social Era #finserve with Ben Cathers @bencathers from Hootsuite and Courtney Fischbach from global investment company @LeggMason. The highlights included the challenges unique to financial services, a couple key social media stats for all businesses and a few more specific ...

Canadian social media policies, strategies + fears

When I was doing my graduate studies, one thing I found discouraging was the lack of Canadian-specific research about PR/communications. In the past few years, we’ve seen a number of efforts to rectify that, including the industry funded Communications + Public Relations Foundation yearly research project.* A project funded out of Mount Saint Vincent University, led ...